Location: Excelsior, MN, United States
John R. Lake, MD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in gastroenterology.
An award-winning doctor whose expertise is a product of more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Lake is highly regarded for his work specializing in diseases of the digestive system, also called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. He possesses extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and the large intestine with a particular expertise in liver transplant. Since 2012, Dr. Lake has found success as the executive medical director of solid organ transplantation at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He came to prominence in his career by showcasing a dynamic skillset in his field paired with a genuine compassion for his patients. During his tenure, Dr. Lake has found success in roles including senior staff of liver transplantation for the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and director of the liver transplant program at Fairview University Medical Center. Dr. Lake is also regarded for his work in academia. Since 1998, he has been a professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota. Previously, he taught for 12 years at the University of California, where he progressed from assistant to associate professor. Considered an expert in his field, Dr. Lake has also contributed his time as a member of the scientific advocacy board for Vitagen Incorporated.
As a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine with a sub-specialty in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology, Dr. Lake has found it to be extremely important to share his insight and knowledge with his industry. To do so, he has authored multiple texts and articles for Comprehensive Clinical Hepatology, a scientific journal for which he was also an editor. Today, he is an associate editor of the American Journal of Transplantation. Further, Dr. Lake has contributed his efforts as a member of the board of directors for the Minnesota chapter of the American Liver Foundation, member of the United Network for Organ Sharing, UNOS president, and member of the AASLD Board of Governors, for which he still participates today. Dr. Lake has also been involved with the American Society of Transplantation as a member of the board of directors, committee head and former president.
When asked of his success, Dr. Lake admits that his own education played an integral role in developing his professional skillset. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, which he earned in 1975, and an MD, which he received in 1979. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, which has a highly renowned liver center and training program. During his medical training, Dr. Lake worked among very prominent liver disease researchers that motivated him to pursue the specialty. Regarded by peers as an extremely compassionate and open-minded physician, Dr. Lake has had national recognition in his profession. He was the recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Transplant Physicians, a Clinical Investigator Award, and an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. As he looks ahead to his future, Dr. Lake intends to continue in his work with the University of Minnesota Medical Center while seeking new opportunities to impact his field in the years to come.
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